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House Passes Two Kinzinger Cybersecurity Bills

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Washington, DC, December 2, 2021 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
This week, the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan cybersecurity bills introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
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Washington, DC – This week, the House of Representatives passed two bipartisan cybersecurity bills introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). The first, H.R. 4055, the American Cybersecurity Literacy Act, which was led by Rep. Kinzinger and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), would require the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), an agency within the Commerce Department, to establish a cybersecurity literacy campaign to increase knowledge and awareness of cybersecurity risks among the American public, including best practices for preventing cyberattacks. The second bill, H.R. 2685, the Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act, again led by both Reps. Kinzinger and Eshoo, would require the NTIA to submit to Congress a comprehensive report examining the cybersecurity of legacy wireless networks and vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and surveillance by adversaries. 

“Offensive cyber operations conducted by America’s adversaries and cyber criminals are growing more prevalent and more sophisticated by the day. More must be done to push back, and I’m pleased to see two of my bipartisan cybersecurity bills pass the House with overwhelming support today. Taken together, these bills will strengthen our cyber posture by educating the public about best practices to keep them more secure, and by identifying vulnerabilities in our mobile telecommunications networks and infrastructure,” said Congressman Kinzinger. “I thank my colleague, Ms. Eshoo, for our continued partnership, and I hope to see the Senate take action on these bills soon.”

“I’m proud that two of my bipartisan bills to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity passed the House today,” said Representative Eshoo. “The Understanding Cybersecurity of Mobile Networks Act gives policymakers a better understanding of the state of the cybersecurity in our wireless networks, which is a matter of national security. The American Cybersecurity Literacy Act establishes a cybersecurity literacy campaign to give the people of our country the tools to identify cybersecurity risks and protect themselves from attacks. These bills take important steps to ensure our wireless networks are safe and protect the privacy and security of the American people.

The full text of the legislation passed by the House can be found here: H.R. 4055 and H.R. 2685.

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